Social Mobility and the Skills Gap, Creative Education Agenda October 2016:

Demonstrating how the current focus on the EBacc - alongside plans for apprenticeships - are limiting the life chances of the next generation

Social Mobility and the Skills Gap, Creative Education Agenda October 2016, published by The Federation of Creative Industries highlights how current policies threaten the UK’s standing as a global creative power by failing to produce enough young people with the mix of creative and technical skills needed.

It points out that the EBacc, which includes no creative subjects, is encouraging a dramatic decline in the take-up of them, and goes on to say:

‘The EBacc is based on a list devised by the Russell Group of universities. But even this institution does not believe this list is suitable or desirable for all pupils. It is simply one way of keeping options open. In fact, 11 of the 61 most popular subjects offered at Russell Group Universities either require or suggest a creative subject taken to A-level.’